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Dan Doctoroff's dune digs draw department's darts

Back when he was a well-heeled-financier-turned-deputy mayor under Michael Bloomberg, Dan Doctoroff oversaw planning and environmental agencies for New York City.

Now New York state's environmental conservation department is questioning the way Quogue issues its permits -- and in the process, happens to cite a sprawling residence belonging to Doctoroff, who left city government to become president of Bloomberg LP.

As Newsday's Jennifer Smith reported yesterday:

A recent review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation singled out more than a dozen building projects along a 2-mile stretch of Dune Road that the agency said increased development in erosion-prone areas or damaged dunes that form the primary protection from flooding and storm damage.

The DEC said the village had either issued permits or granted variances that allowed the development to take place or had failed to enforce provisions of the village's own coastal erosion hazard law.

Among those projects: the $8.6-million home of Daniel L. Doctoroff, president of the media company Bloomberg LP and a former New York City deputy mayor.

In Doctoroff's case, the review found that the village approved "reconstruction" that turned a 2,500-square-foot house into a 12,000-square-foot manse and encroached on the dune, according to the review.

Doctoroff, who made his fortune in investment banking, did not respond to requests for comment.

In case you missed it the full story is here.


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